Rollers AGM: Knives out

SHARE   |   Monday, 11 January 2016   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Rollers supporters are in happier times despite the club's misconception on its ownership Rollers supporters are in happier times despite the club's misconception on its ownership

The besieged Township Rollers family is bracing for a bruising Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on January 30, 2016 at a venue yet to be announced. The gathering is expected to address a number of issues among them the club financier, a matter that has caused divisions in the team. A group of Rollers supporters, who successfully challenged for Rollers ownership to be returned to the society through a legal battle, are said to be on standby to make sure the meeting gives full control to the society as ruled by the court. This publication is reliably informed that the group met on Wednesday to prepare its stand towards the AGM.


The interim committee is expected to meet tomorrow (Monday) where they will make a decision about the path it wants the club to take. Should the interim committee take a stance that the group does not see favourable to the society they are prepared to take the bull by its horns to see that the society takes full control of the club. When contacted one of the applicants said they cannot disclose anything about their stand at present. He said they can only reveal it on Tuesday next week. “Our fight is to see the society gaining full control of the club as it has been ruled that it is rightfully theirs,” said the applicant. He pointed out that as things stand, the society does not have control of the club. 

It is at the AGM that the interim committee is expected to address Roller’s commercialisation models. This is the issue that includes the financier issue which has been causing divisions at the club. Currently the interim committee has signed an agreement with Jagdish Shah to keep helping the club until February 2016 while they look for a financier. This has caused uproar from the supporters who want Shah out of the club saying he, (Shah) still controls the club. Reports reaching this publication are that even though it is reported that Shah through his company Township Holdings have no dealings with the club, Roller’s finances still go into the company’s coffers. It has been revealed that even up to now the society does not have its own account.


With the AGM also being an elective one it is expected that the Rollers’ supporters will have their say on who they give the responsibility of the club to. A fierce battle for the executive committee positions is expected as those pro-society will be looking to garner more votes. The interim committee has not officially released candidates for positions yet. However, there are reports of lobby lists making rounds pushing for support from members. Meanwhile, Township Rollers lost 3-4 to South African side Bidvest Wits in their on-going mid-season training in Johannesburg. Roller’s goals came courtesy of Jerome Ramatlhakwane, Gofaone and Sekhana Koko. According to the Roller website, Coach Mark Harrison was pleased with the way the team played despite the loss. 

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